Exterior Paint Color: A Lot to Think About

Exterior Paint Color: A Lot to Think About

home-exterior-colorsWhether you’re building a new home from the ground up or are simply updating the exterior of the home you’ve been living in for years, it’s important to make sure you choose exterior colors that complement each other. This will ensure your home looks beautiful and welcoming. If you are struggling to choose complementary colors, the following information will help guide you in the right direction.

When it comes to your home’s appearance, there are three factors that will determine the overall appearance of its exterior: the materials used on the exterior, the colors you have chosen for window trim, entry doors, and garage doors, and any decorative or architectural elements, such as shutters, railings, or cornices.


Today, there are so many colors to choose from that you should have no problem finding just the right scheme. Of course, you have to remember that the colors you choose will be used to determine decorative components and accent colors. In addition, you’ll also need to consider maintenance, which is also something to consider especially when choosing materials if you are building a home. Some types of paint/ materials will require regular maintenance, but others may require little to none. While that dark gray house with white trim may look incredible at first, it will fade over time, especially in areas that get a lot of sun.

Architectural Design of Your Home and the Neighborhood

paint-samplesYour home’s architectural style will play a big role when selecting just the right paint color. For example, if you have a Victorian or Colonial style home, you’ll have to consider the shade of brick that makes up so much of its exterior, which will limit your options. On the other hand, if you have a country or ranch style home, you won’t be so limited. It’s also important to consider landscaping, such as any existing flowers, trees, or shrubs you have in your yard. The number and color of any plants you have should be factored in, as well as what side of your home is most often exposed to the sun.

It goes without saying that you want your house to stand out without attracting negative attention in your neighborhood. Be certain your neighborhood HOA doesn’t have any restrictions on color or any materials that can be used. If there are guidelines in place, be sure you follow them.

All the Little Things

The first thing most people will notice on your home’s exterior is the front door. Consider the dominating exterior color when deciding on the door color. If your exterior is rather pale, a bright color will really stand out in a complementary way and vice versa. You’ll also want to consider your personal style. Do you prefer a striking look or something more understated?

After selecting your front door color, you can use decorative accents to enhance it, which includes your garage door colors. If you prefer not to emphasize your garage door or if it’s more than 16 feet wide or located in the front of your home, a pale color is ideal. On the other hand, if your goal is emphasis, opt for a darker color. If you choose a dark color for your garage door, you can minimize the impact it has on the rest of the house by adding a few decorative accents, such as a couple of planters filled with flowers or an overhanging pergola.

Putting it All Together

This involves looking at other homes in your neighborhood. If your neighbors have homes that tend to be light and muted, you probably want to take bright colors off your list of options. It’s a good idea to find a contrasting color that ensures your home catches the eye, while also maintaining a harmonious look in the neighborhood. If the thought of repainting your home’s exterior is overwhelming to say the least, focus on a main exterior theme and choose a couple of shades that complement it well. “Natural” colors are a great option for any type of home.

When choosing your paint color, use the internet instead of driving around from store to store. But keep in mind that different computer monitors will represent colors slightly different. Check out exterior paint company websites and narrow down your choices from there. Most companies do offer a section of their website that provides a visual representations of a variety of exterior paint combinations being used together. This makes it easy to determine which colors look best together, so you should take advantage of this service.

Home Landscaping: Frequently Asked Questions

Home Landscaping: Frequently Asked Questions

Here we’ll try to answer some common types of questions that we commonly hear from our visitors. We welcome any and all inquiries from our site users but you might find an instant answer to your question listed here.

Question: The interlocking pavers have sunk at our 15 year old home. What do you recommend?

Answer: Usually, low spots in walkways indicate improper drainage; water puddles, creating a visual blight as well as safety problems. Properly installed pre-cast stone pavers should not sink, even after 15 years, unless other forces are at work. Materials have improved over the years, so have installation procedures and paver shapes, textures, colours and laying patterns have also changed.

If you want to keep costs low, the existing pavers can be lifted, the base supplemented, re-graded to correct slope and compacted and then the old pavers re-laid in a similar fashion. The end result will be a properly graded flat, safe surface, but will look basically the same as before.

Homeowners should consider the opportunity to give their home a facelift by updating the pavers to one of many modern styles. Your home can have a fresh, new appearance for the cost of new materials, or you may want to change the entire layout. Whatever the job, it will be done properly, the workmanship guaranteed for 24 months, and the results will last a lifetime.

Question: Our backyard is very plain, fenced on all three sides. How can we make it more appealing?

Answer: Transforming your backyard into liveable space you enjoy using is very doable. Some ideas: Start with planting a native deciduous tree that will mature to provide welcoming shade on hot days. Soften the fences using a combination of shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses to suit sun exposures, planted in a low maintenance garden with curving edges. Perhaps create a vegetable garden.

Build a living area, a patio or deck, for furniture and family barbecues. Add a pergola or roof to protect from weather. A screened gazebo looks stunning, prevents mosquito bites and would extend your outdoor season. Consider adding a water feature and night lighting. Ask for quotes to design a plan that incorporates your ideas into a backyard solution you will love.

Question: I want a no-fuss garden that requires little maintenance, yet looks great year round. Is this possible?

Answer: Of course! Most homeowners don’t have time to worry about garden upkeep and they don’t have to if their landscape plan is designed and installed by a professional. Landscape designers select the right plants for the right locations to achieve the right effects.

If it is year round interest you want, the right combination of perennials, grasses and shrubs will provide it, along with other architectural elements. A professional landscaper or garden expert knows how to create beautiful, sustainable gardens, minimize weed growth and reduce water consumption. They can even plant certain things to attract wildlife that you want (butterflies, honey bees, etc.) and keep away animals you don’t want (like groundhogs or prairie dogs).

Question: We installed river stone to create a no-maintenance area and now it’s full of grass and weeds. Why?

Answer: We love natural stone and know that when properly installed and maintained, river stone can create an attractive, long lasting and easily maintained area. Rule #1: River rock should never come in contact with soil or lawn.

Install a mowing strip, a physical barrier to prevent roots from creeping in, and be careful to prevent grass clippings or pruned hedge trimmings to land on the river stone – it will rot and become growing medium for weed seeds. In the fall, blow fallen leaves off the river stone. Installed correctly, using proper base materials and with some care, river stone will remain trouble-free and looking good for many years.

Question: I like the look of large boulders. Are they expensive?

Answer: You’d be surprised how much drama a few large boulders or oversized flagstones can provide for a relatively small investment. Almost all professional landscapers receive trade pricing for all their purchases.

To reduce costs further, they buy truck loads of stone directly from the quarry and store a variety of natural stone products on site. There is an economy of scale… the price per ton installed reduces as the number of rocks increases. Check to make sure the company you work with has the machinery, tools and expertise to position large rocks with precision.

Question: Why should I consider paying for professional landscaping design and installation?

Answer: Look at professional landscaping as an investment in your home, like a bathroom or kitchen renovation. The front entry of your home is what greets you and every person that passes, every day. A professionally planned front yard using landscaping design elements and principles will enhance your home’s curb appeal, making living there more enjoyable, increasing pride in your home and promoting a positive image to your friends and neighbors.

Landscaping is the one home improvement that actually appreciates over time. Even if you are not currently selling your home, it is a well known fact that well-done landscaping boosts the overall real estate value of your property. This translates into higher sales value when the time does come to sell.

Question: What is a typical budget for landscaping?

Answer: A budgeting rule of thumb for professional landscape installation is 10% – 20% of the total value of your home. Landscape companies would love it if every client could afford to spend this amount. Spending just 4% or 5% of your home’s worth to improve its curb appeal and functionality will add considerably to the value of your property as well as your enjoyment of your home. Professional landscaping is a good investment.

Question: I want lots of color in my garden. Should I plant perennials with different blooming times?

Answer: Color, along with form, line, texture and scale, is one of the basic elements of landscape design, while proportion, transition and unity are some of the principles that rely on those elements. Your choice of colors to be used in the garden should not be considered in isolation. Rather, always keep in mind how color interplays with other basic elements, with the principles of landscape design, and with the overall objectives of your plan.

Flowers may be sufficient to achieve the color schemes you desire, but when it comes to form and texture, you’ll find the need for other allies, such as ornamental grasses, as well as trees and shrubs with interesting branching patterns and foliage…maybe even a piece of art. A good landscape designer has years of formal training and decades of experience and can create a garden plan that will suit your needs and budget.

Question: Do companies offer a landscape design service for the DIY home owner?

Answer: Yes, many landscapers provide scaled conceptual landscape design plans so you can install yourself. The price of the design depends on the complexity of the project you have in mind. Most rental companies will rent equipment and machinery needed for hardscaping installation and DIY instruction is available via the internet.

It is important to consider the labor, materials and rental costs required, the safety risk and the time you are willing to put into the job. Whatever company you want to consider for this service, make sure they have all the tools, equipment, machinery, expertise and manpower for proper installation.

Question: I only need planting assistance, do landscapers provide that service?

Answer: Yes. Most can provide a planting plan design for you based on your existing architecture and hardscaping. They’ll make a scale drawing and provide recommendations for trees, shrubs, evergreens and perennials, including botanical name, common name, quantity, and size of plants. You can buy and install the plants yourself.

The benefit of having of professional landscape company make plant purchases is that as professionals, they buy at trade prices, which means additional savings. Also, when a certain plant is out of stock, they are able to pick a better substitute for you.

Look for those that use a weed-free soil mix, mulch and supplementary fertilizer when required. A 12-24 month guarantee is the norm for clients who hire the company to supply and install plant material.

Preventing Garage Emergencies

Preventing Garage Emergencies

garage-emergenciesWorking in the garage is almost like a home away from home for DIYers. Pretty much everyone understands how power tools can pose a danger when not used properly. But most take for granted other dangerous or damaging scenarios which can take place in a garage. A few things to keep a lookout for and preventative measures can help keep things safe.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Working in the garage is nothing unusual for most homeowners, particularly when the weather doesn’t permit outside access. When the weather is bad is also the highest probability of getting carbon monoxide poisoning. This gas is odorless and can accumulate from fuel sources. Gasoline powered tools operating outside of windows where fumes travel inside an un-aired area can cause problems. This includes the garage, where doors may be closed and few, if any windows exist. A way to prevent carbon monoxide buildup in home or garage is to ventilate. Gas powered tools can create fumes that are toxic if used in an unventilated area. Closing doors in winter while using heaters designed for work areas may also cause products, not normally stored inside the home to emit vapors which can be harmful and even deadly. You need to also make sure to keep these items away from heat sources or the risk of an explosion becomes reality.

Leaking Water Heater

Learn before a garage emergency how to shut off water. Some water heaters have a valve that shuts the water off, while others you will need to shut off the main water supply line that goes to your house. Sometimes a water heater leak is minor and can be repaired easily, but other times, the issue may be more complex or even with the need to replace the entire unit. While rare, it’s possible for a water heater tank to actually explode due to too much pressure inside the tank if there is an issue with the pressure relief valve. Make sure to do a yearly inspection of your water heater and look for any tiny leaks which will eventually turn into major ones. Most leaks either come from the top or bottom of the tank.


Flooding is certainly a garage emergency. Prevent this damaging event by keeping drain spouts clean and water channeled away from the home. If, there is a problem, a French drain will help water flow away from the garage. Obviously, those near rivers and streams or low laying areas are at the greatest risk of flooding so have a plan of action before it’s too late. The danger of flooding and water damage is not over once the water goes away. Unless properly ventilated with the use of fans and air movers, dangerous mold can start to grow in areas you see and don’t see. If you’re not sure how to properly dry out a garage after flooding, call a professional.

Garage Doors

The garage door and automatic garage door openers are the height of convenience. The advantage of staying in the car, driving out and into the garage without getting out of the car is priceless. No cold or excessive heat to deal with to upset your day. However, when power outages happen, you need an alternative plan. Fortunately, garage door manufacturers are way in front of you. Still, a customer needs to learn to operate the manual override provided by manufactures. The manual is best activated, while the garage door is closed. If the door is already open, the door may fall. Also, no matter how annoying those garage door sensors are, resist the temptation to remove them. They are there for a reason and legally required in most residential homes.

Garage Fire

When you think about the amount of flammable liquids people store in garages, it’s easy to understand how a fire might occur. Wires or batteries can spark and cause fumes to ignite. Make sure the walls of the garage are fireproof. This requires type X gypsum. A primary point of prevention is cleanliness. Keep paper and oil soaked cleaning rags disposed of, or stored properly. Never simply throw them away into a garbage can or outside the garage on a warm, sunny day. There are many incidents each year where the paper or rags actually ignite from the sun and cause majore fire damage.

For more information about how to prevent garage fires, visit:  https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/garage_fires_factsheet.pdf

Preventing garage emergencies is a high priority job and something we usually don’t even think about. By keeping an eye on certain things and even just being more aware of what could happen, you will automatically lessen your odds of a garage catastrophe occurring at your residence.

Garage Door Openers: Chain vs Belt vs Screw Drive

Garage Door Openers: Chain vs Belt vs Screw Drive

Garage door openers come in several types, with the most common being screw, chain, and belt driven models. In most respects, these three drive types are similar – they raise and lower the garage door with a stationary motor – but they have individual differences that you should consider before purchasing. All three types have a working life of around 10-15 years on average.

Don’t worry, all three types are tried and true, you only need to decide which one works best for your home. All garage door openers can be fitted with remote controls, leaving the primary difference in mode of operation, not ease of use.

Chain Drive Openers

Chain drive is one of the oldest types of garage door openers. It uses a stationary motor with a gear on it to reel up the door when it needs to be opened. To lower the door, the tension on chain is reduced and the motor acts as a check to keep the door from sliding downward too fast.

Chain Drive garage door openers tend to be low to moderately priced, depending on the brand and model. Because of the noise level, this type of opener may not be a good idea beneath a bedroom, unless you want to wake someone up every time the garage door is opened and closed.

Belt Drive Openers

Belt driven openers are the logical evolution of the chain drive. Instead of a chain that is reeled in, belt drives uses a continuous belt and a roller system attached to a reversible motor.

In most respects, it operates the same as a chain drive, but it also has the distinction of being the quietest commonly used drive type. Because they are quieter, typically faster to raise and lower, and have fewer moving parts, belt driven garage door openers tend to be priced a bit higher than other types.

Screw Drive Openers

The screw drive is one of the oldest types of garage door opener. It has the benefit of having fewer movable parts, but the disadvantage of being the noisiest type on the market.

Screw drive works, as the name implies, by ratcheting the door up or down using a rotating shaft. Screw drives tend be more vulnerable to shift in heat extremes, and that makes them less desirable in southern climates.

Given that the cost is equal to or greater than a chain drive unit, it makes more practical sense to use the chain drive unless you are using the garage door opener as part of your home security program.

Our Recommendation

All things considered, a name brand belt drive garage door opener would without question be our recommended type for the typical homeowner. Sure, it may cost a bit more than a chain drive (<$100 more in most cases), but for something that will last 10+ years, you’re literally spending less than $10 a year for the convenience of a much quieter and faster model. Bob at HandymanHowTo.com has a great article on his choice of best garage door opener (hint: it’s a belt drive model).

Garage Storage and Shelving Tips

Garage Storage and Shelving Tips

Garages have a tendency to become quite messy. It’s a place where it’s common to just dump things and forget about them because of the lack of organization and inability to easily see everything you have stored in them. Luckily, there are a few ways you can organize your garage on a budget. You’ll be able to find everything in your garage and have your belongings stored in an efficient manner. Here are just a few ways you can clean up your garage and get organized over the weekend.

Combine Shelves with Storage

storage-shelvesWith your belongings piling up in the garage, you need a simple way to store your things. Whether your garage stores your tools, craft supplies, kids outdoor toys, or whatever else, building your own shelves would save money and your sanity. If you don’t have any leftover wood, you can buy some inexpensive plywood, leg supports, self-tapping wood screws, standard screws, and wood glue. You can build a shelving unit as long and as tall as you wish. It all depends on your needs. Once you have your shelving unit built, you can buy some plastic Tupperware bins to store your belongings and label them for easy access. Heavy items such as air compressors or hydraulic floor jacks can be stored at floor level under the first shelf. This is one simple way you can organize your garage.

Take Advantage of Overhead Space

overhead-storageWhen you have a lot to be stored in your garage and you want it to be neat and tidy, you should take advantage of all areas where you have space to store things. This should include the ceiling. One way you can utilize your ceiling space for storage is by building a simple sliding storage system. Using just 2×4’s and plywood strips, you can build a sliding storage system to hang more Tupperware bins that are also labeled. This would be a more convenient way to store things you may not use all the time. Certain sports gear such as bicycles, kayaks, hockey equipment, and even the life vest for your dog are excellent candidates for ceiling storage.

Store Your Evergrowing Amount of Tools

pegboard-bookIf your garage is overflowing with tools, it’s important you find a way to store them in an organized way. You don’t want to lose your tools because they can cost a good chunk of money to replace. You can store your tools like a book using square pegboard pieces, 1×2’s, a 2×4, screws, and hinges. With a few square pieces of pegboard hung book-style, you’ll be able to store a ton of your everyday tools with ease.

There are many ways you can get your garage organized. It depends on what all you need to store. It would be a great task for the weekend to try some of the DIY ways to get organized in your garage. You’ll be happy you gave it a shot when you’re able to find everything in your garage again. As you’re doing the above-listed ideas, you may come up with some ideas on your own of ways to organize some other things in your garage. Your garage will be neat and orderly thanks to a few DIY garage organization ideas.

Setting Up a Workbench for DIY Auto Repair

Setting Up a Workbench for DIY Auto Repair

auto-repair-workbenchWhen it comes to creating a work space for yourself, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Setting up a work bench for home auto repair will require some essential tools and other equipment to make doing work on your vehicles easier than ever before. Many garage spaces you’ve probably seen are cluttered and mainly used for storage, but that doesn’t have to be the case for every person’s garage. A garage can serve several purposes. One of those purposes is to have a do it yourself space to repair your own vehicle. Having the right space with the proper tools in an uncluttered environment is the best way to go. Going about that can be difficult without the proper resources. First you want to remove the clutter in the space you want to work in and then begin by having a sturdy work surface so you can lay out parts for the jobs you will be working on.

Obviously, the actual tools you’ll be using are important. A good socket set (metric and SAE) should be your first priority. Having an air compressor and impact wrench are two of the best investments you will make if working on cars. A good 2 ton hydraulic jack is another must have item. Don’t settle for one of those $50 jacks on sale at your local auto parts store.

They are cheaply made and not worth risking your life over to save a few bucks. Same goes for motorcycles. Do some research, read reviews, and get the best motorcycle jack your money can buy. Other necessities include:  jack stands, torque wrench, mechanics creeper, auto ramps, wheel chocks, bench vise, and adjustable wrench. Organize all these tools and others in a way that makes most sense to you. Everybody has their own layout that works best for them but the key is put away all your tools in the same spot each time so you know where to find them.

The next thing to consider is lighting. Lighting is an essential part of an efficient work space, specifically when working on a vehicle. The details that must go into repairing a vehicle could literally mean life or death, not that we want to scare you, but it’s important to have adequate lighting so you can see what you are doing and make the repairs properly the first time without having to go back and fix any mistakes that may have happened.

Next you want to make sure your work space in clean and organized. Any space that is not clean is a recipe for disaster which can cause injury. Reducing the risk of injury while you are working is something that should never be overlooked. Additionally, having an organized space is just as essential as proper lighting. Knowing where all the tools and equipment are can reduce your time working on a vehicle because you do not have to waste time searching for the tools needed as the project moves forward. There are many ways that you can organize a garage work space and it’s ideal to use as much vertical space as possible. Whether it’s building a rack from the ceiling to hold car tires or getting the taller tool chest (vs wider), the more space you have to move around, the safer it is.

Overall, these steps are necessary to have a good are for working on your vehicles and being able to make all your repairs at home and save you a substantial amount of money. The key is not to have the biggest garage with all the best fancy tools, but to have a garage with enough room to work comfortably and with the tools that you need all within easy reach.

Organizing Your Workbench

Organizing Your Workbench

organized-workbenchIf you have a workbench, then you’re probably familiar with the way it can go from being a usable space to a cluttered mess in a short amount of time. Most of us have had a similar experience. We clean and organize, only to find that tools don’t get put away immediately, and over time, we have a mess we have to clean up on a regular basis.

So, here’s a solution that will whip your workbench back into shape, and keep it that way.

It starts with a commitment

If it’s just you using the bench, make a commitment to yourself to keep it clean, by putting all tools back into their place. The few extra seconds of putting your tools back in their rightful places can save you minutes as well as a lot of frustration when you need a certain tool quickly. If a number of people will be using the workbench, take a moment to discuss how it’s going to be organized and most importantly, stress the need for all tools to be returned to their proper place when the jobs are done. With out this step, we know what the end result will be.

Make a workable space

Remove all clutter from the surface of the bench, and assess how much space you have to work with. The goal here is to survey your wall space and the back of the bench, to get an idea where storage solutions can be placed in order to keep as much of your workbench as free as possible. Peg board and hooks are great for available wall space, because you can easily hang wrenches, saws, and hammers on them. This will keep these tools organized and at arm’s length.

Screws, nails, nuts, bolts, and other small hardware can be organized into plastic stacking bins. These can be placed at the back of the bench against the wall. If you have a lot of small hardware to keep separate, consider a storage cabinet that’s about a foot tall, and has tons of clear plastic drawers. All these go best at the back of the workbench.

A good socket organizer for your toolchest is a fantastic investment. Hunting for the correct size sockets is something almost every DIYer with an unorganized garage deals with regularly. It’s cheap, easy to setup a system, and will same you a ton of time.

One of the best things you can do is to mount a multiple outlet surge protector to the side of your workbench. This is especially helpful in garages where outlets are at a premium, which is most.

Power tools can be neatly laid out on a multiple shelve, metal baker’s rack. You’ll be able to spot the right tool quickly.You can also put a bin next to each tool, so all the important bits, chucks and blades are in one spot.

What to do with liquids

Paints,and other liquid chemicals, should be stored on the bottom shelf of your workbench. A large plastic drip pan should be used to contain any possible spills from sitting cans. Underneath your workbench is also an excellent spot to store all those half-empty cans of paint or wood stain. It’s a good idea to mark on each can where that paint color has been used (ie: kitchen, upstairs bathroom, exterior trim, etc.).

That’s all there is to it

With your hard work and ingenuity, you can turn your workbench into a space to be proud of. The amount of time you’ll save by organizing now, will pay off on what really matters — your projects!

Air Tool Organization and Maintenance

Air Tool Organization and Maintenance

air-compressor-under-benchWhether you work in a professional shop or you simply enjoy working on projects in your garage, having air tools on hand can save you a lot of time and make your work much easier. However, knowing where to store these tools and how to maintain them can be challenge. Storing them in their plastic cases (if they came in one!) can be clumsy, and stashing them in the bottom drawers of roll around tool boxes tends to take up a lot of space and risks getting dirt into fittings.

Most big box stores such as Lowes or Home Depot offer storage solutions that can be purchased and installed turnkey. However, these cookie cutter options don’t always provide adequate configurations to accommodate for your specific collection of air tools and attachments.

What are some other storage options for your air tools?

air-tool-pegboardOne simple and easily reconfigured approach is to purchase two 2x4s and a section of peg board of equal lengths. Measure the height of the pegboard and mount the wood on the wall of your shop at that distance apart. Attach the pegboard to the wood and install the appropriate combination of hooks, hangers, baskets, metal arms and other pegboard accessories needed to hold your air hoses, brad nailers, impact wrenches, air compressor parts, or whatever else you need quick access to.

To expand your storage capacity as your tool collection grows, add more accessories or mount additional pegboard walls, and easily reconfigure the layout as needed.This wall-mounted storage design not only keeps your tools within easy reach in your garage or shop, but it also avoids crowding work surfaces.

For a less store-bought approach, modify the front edge of a length of a wooden or metal beam with slots large enough to allow the small diameter of each tool’s male air fitting to slide into. Use brackets to securely mount the beams onto a wall near the air lines and store the air tools hanging down when they’re not in use. Having all of your tools in one specific place makes finding them easier, and prevents having to hunt for them when you need to use them!

Simple Maintenance Results in Valuable Longevity

To ensure the longevity and performance of your air tools, no matter how you decide to store them, be sure to maintain them by cleaning and lubricating them on a regular basis.

Air Compressor Condensation

Oftentimes the first place to focus is on the condition of the air compressor. When compressors are in use, they are condensing moisture out of the air, and that moisture collects at the bottom of the tank. You may be doing a great job with regularly draining your air tank, but this only avoids rust in the tank. Since the condensation in the air line is what can cause corrosion issues in your tools, with an air compressor, review on a weekly basis that you are draining and cleaning the entire system, from the compressor to the tools – to lengthen the life and improve the performance of the tool.


Lubrication is another way to reduce friction and prevent water condensation from building up in your tools. Although the frequency of preventative maintenance necessary will vary, depending on the amount of usage of the tool, a good rule of thumb is to apply a manufacturer-recommended lubricant once every eight hours of use. A lubrication regimen can sometimes make worn down tools that are operation at a lower power output work like new again! The majority of air tools have more than one grease fitting, so consult your manual or ask your tool dealer if you have questions.

Quality Couplers

Another good rule of thumb is to avoid connecting a dirty or damaged hose coupler to your tool. Couplers that have been dragged across the floor or are contaminated with brake dust, grease, saw dust or dirt, will transfer these particles directly into your motor. To keep your couplers – and ultimately your air tools’ motors – clean and off the dirty floor, use an air hose reel that is suspended from your shop ceiling.

Help Your Tools Help You

Air tools are simple to use and are useful in your shop or garage. But they should be treated with care, stored appropriately and maintained regularly in order for them to do their best work for you.